After the threat, the execution. Electricity exports from Russia to Finland ceased during the night of Friday May 13 to Saturday May 14, after an announcement to this effect from a Russian supplier, an official from the operator of the network told AFP. Finnish electricity grid. The company responsible for Russian electricity sales to Finland, RAO Nordic, announced on Friday (May 13) its intention to stop deliveries at midnight, citing unpaid bills, as Finland prepares to announce its candidacy for the European Union. NATO.
Exports from Russia to Finland “are currently at zero, and this has been the case since midnight (21:00 GMT) as announced,” Timo Kaukonen, an operations manager for Fingrid, the operator of the network, told AFP. Finnish network. The network is in balance thanks to imports from Sweden, according to the real-time map of Fingrid, which said on Friday that it could do without Russian electricity “without difficulty”. Finland has so far imported around 10% of its total electricity consumption from its large Russian neighbour.
Rising tensions between Moscow and Helsinki
RAO Nordic, a Helsinki-based subsidiary of Russian utility InterRAO, justified the shutdown on Friday, saying it had not received payment for electricity supplied to Finland since May 6. The company did not say whether these settlement issues were related to European sanctions targeting the Russian economy after the invasion of Ukraine. This announcement comes against a backdrop of rising tensions between Moscow and Helsinki, which has announced its desire to join NATO “without delay” under the influence of the Russian offensive in Ukraine.